Memorials to be restored for war centenary

ALL LOCAL War Memorials could be set to be cleaned and restored in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Memorials in Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth as well as Carmyllie will benefit from the £1 million fund announced by the Scottish Government to preserve the memory of the country’s war dead.

The Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund was revealed by the First Minister Alex Salmond and will help to finance and upgrade memorials in time for the centenary anniversary of the Great War.

And Angus South MSP Graeme Dey was delighted with the announcement that funding would be available.

He explained: “We are very fortunate in this part of the country that most, if not all, of our memorials are kept in a condition appropriate to their importance.

“I was privileged for example to attend the re-dedication of the Carnoustie War Memorial in October whilst the standard to which it and the Monifieth and Carmyllie memorials are maintained was recognised in the Royal British Legion’s Best Kept War Memorial 2012 awards.

“However, the establishment of this fund will allow any memorials here in Angus and elsewhere which require a degree of cleaning or restoration ahead of 2014 to get that which will I am sure be widely welcomed.”

It is hoped an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 memorials in villages, towns and cities in Scotland that pay tribute to those who gave their lives during both world wars and other conflicts will benefit from the fund.

The funding will be available over the course of the four year centenary commemorations from 2014 to 2018 to allow communities to choose the best time to restore their war memorials, from the start of commemorations in August 2014 until Armistice Day 2018.